An Update – Where is the Sequel?

Hello everyone. I’m sorry for being away so long. Truth is, I’ve just been pouring every bit of creative writing energy I have into writing Harbinger’s sequel, Suture. However, I visited my Amazon page tonight, and saw that someone had asked about an update regarding Suture. Funny enough, Amazon won’t let me post directly to that thread because I haven’t purchased the book, so I thought I’d answer here and hopefully it will be found by the person wondering.

Back in January, I mentioned I was about a third of the way through Suture. By March, I’d completed half the book. Then, about mid-March, I threw it all out.

It’s a daunting task to look at 35,000 words and decide that only a tenth might survive. But after reading some of the comments left on Harbinger, and weighing my own feelings, I decided it was the right thing to do. So I started over.

Currently, I’m working on the last two chapters. I’m very pleased by how this new draft has worked out. My hope is to have a completed first draft by the end of the week. Then edits, then release.

The good news is I’m a much faster editor than I am when writing the first draft. Giving ideas shape is so much harder than making the shapes slightly prettier.

So my goal is to have Suture released by July.

I know, I had originally said Spring. At that time, I didn’t know I’d be starting over so late in the season.

It thrills me that people are still picking up Harbinger, and based on comments and ratings, a number of you are enjoying it. Right now, I feel confident that if you enjoyed Harbinger, you’ll find more to love in Suture.

Thank you so much for hanging in there. In the next week I will have more news, including the cover reveal.

All the best, and talk to you soon (I promise).

JR

Progress on Harbinger’s Sequel, Suture

Since Harbinger released, I’ve been pouring my writing energy into its sequel, Suture.

While I don’t know that I’m the one who should be giving writing advice, I figured someone might find an interest in my current writing process.

Yes, I say current because I believe that as I continue to grow as a writer, my process will evolve. At least, that’s my hope, because my current process is tedious at best.

Right now I’m 23,000+ words into Suture. I’ve accomplished this through some forethought, much humming and hawing, and just forcing myself to spew words. Thankfully, this haphazard approach has yielded something that is starting to look like a decent first act. This is a pretty critical time in my process and it’s when I bring in the big guns. My wife.

See, my wife is a voracious reader who devours everything from Nietzsche to Twilight. She’s a massive Star Wars nerd who can recite the original trilogy from memory and who can have an intelligent conversation about why the fourth Indiana Jones movie never should’ve happened. In short, she’s perfectly suited to tell me if I’m on track or missing my mark.

Because of the loose way I plot on the go, I need this feedback at the approximate third way mark. At this point, I’ve written enough that I have a clearer path for the rest of the novel. On the other hand, I haven’t written so much that I can’t handle axing a few thousand words to change a direction or two. This feedback helps give me direction. But more than that, it helps to give me some confidence.

Writing is a wonderful and horrifying hobby. Creating worlds and characters feels magical, but words on a page feel like an invite for self criticism and, at times, loathing. For every sentence I love, there are dozens that make me shudder. It’s why some authors take forever to release a novel. Having someone tell me I’m on the right track helps bolster my confidence and allows me to carry on to the end.

So Suture is getting the third-way-there preview. I’ll let you know how it goes in a couple days.

Exciting Times! Harbinger Release and My First Interview

It’s an exciting and surreal time. Today marks the official release date of Harbinger. There’s been so much leading up to this that my mind boggles with all the things I’ve done, and haven’t done, to prepare for this moment. I wish I’d done more to set up promotions ahead of time like contests, blog tours, and getting Harbinger out to book bloggers. Well, I suppose that work will start now. Advance hype is nice, but I’ll take any hype I can get 😉

However, an amazing opportunity came my way by total surprise (I love it when the universe does that). Elizabeth Craig, author and writing advice guru (she has a really helpful twitter feed at https://twitter.com/elizabethscraig), sent me an email asking me to do an interview for her Writer’s Knowledge Database newsletter. I didn’t hesitate a moment before saying YES! I’ll be posting the full interview here after it’s been delivered to their subscribers. It was a really great boost for me just ahead of Harbinger’s release date. My very first author interview 🙂 It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I also created a dedicated website for The Bleeding Worlds series. While I’ll always feature all my books here on this website, I figured it was best to have a central location for all Bleeding Worlds related information.

So here I am, a published author. To those of you who’ve stayed subscribed to the site during my slow periods, and those of you who’ve helped me through the writing and editing of this book, a huge Thank You to you all. It doesn’t quite seem real to go to Amazon.com and see my book there. But I’m sure I’ll get used to it. Take care everyone. Much more ahead.

Changes, Releases, and Where I’ve Been

As you can see, the website is in the midst of an overhaul. This is in anticipation of the release of my first novel, Harbinger, Book One of The Bleeding Worlds series. I’m proud of the book, and eager about it’s impending release. The current plan is to have the book available October 30th. Not much time to do full blown promotions, but as Halloween features prominently in the story’s setup, it feels like the appropriate time to release.

As to where I’ve been, well, I’ve been right here, working. As I posted some time ago, I made the decision to go independent with my book releases. I could write a lengthy article about why, but the simple answer is, I’m a control freak. And the amount of time I’ve been spending to make the ebook and print version look just right proves it. I’m very excited to release this book into the world. It’s been a long road getting to this point.

In the next two weeks, expect to see the official cover reveal, as well as a post of the first chapter.